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Women in the Night (1948)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 2 January 1948 (USA)
As World War II nears its end, beautiful women forced to serve as sex slaves in a German officer's club, do what they can to destroy the plans of a cosmic death ray.

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William Rowland

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William Rowland (original story), Maude Emily Glass (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tala Birell ... Yvette Aubert
William Henry ... Major Von Arnheim
Richard Loo ... Colonel Noyama
Virginia Christine ... Claire Adams
Bernadene Hayes ... Frau Thaler (as Bernadine Hayes)
Gordon Richards ... Colonel Von Meyer
Frances Chung Frances Chung ... Li Ling
Jean Brooks ... Maya
Kathy Frye ... Helen James
Helen Mowery ... Shiela Hallett
Benson Fong ... Chang
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. Angela James
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Major Eisel
Philip Ahn ... Professor Kunioshi (as Phillip Ahn)
Arno Frey Arno Frey ... Field Marshall Von Runzel
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The war in Europe is over, the Japanese are about to surrender after the Nagasaki bombing, but a group of die-hard German Nazis are holding on in Shanghai, protecting an ingenious invention of mass destruction - a cosmic ray generator that is 1000 times more deadly than the A-bomb. Col. Von Meyer is about to pass the secret of the weapon to Col. Noyoma, as Japan is still at war, and will use it to revenge their recent losses. However, Field Marshal Von Runzel arrives with precise orders to the contrary: the Japanese shall not have the secret weapon, for an underground Nazi ring is to use it later in another attempt to destroy all the Allied Nations, and conquer the world in a third Worl War. Von Meyer decides to create a diversion, and to offer the Japanese scientist and officers some "evening entertainment" at the German Officers' Club. Thaler, the female German Officer, is to bring in a number of women - arrested on trumped up charges at the Shanghai University - dress them up, and ... Written by Artemis-9

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When Men Are Beasts See more »

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German officers in Shanghai try to survive the fall of Germany and Japan, but their abducted women complicate matters.
2 January 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Everything is lousy about this production except the story. The direction is despicable, the actors can't act, the result of the editing is a mutilation, and the happy ending is a joke. However, most of the ladies are quite good and convincing enough, and it's their film. It's their story this film is here to tell, and it's a great story involving many stories. Not only are several of these girls brave freedom fighters who don't hesitate to wage their lives when there is no other choice, but there are a number of great tragedies hinted by their stories, the most important of which is the mother who finds her daughter.

Forget about the Japanese and German officers, they are all caricatures, and you can see that the actors themselves don't believe in the almost ludicrous roles they are playing. This is a women's drama, and that's all that matters.

Also the music is very well made and gives at least a gilded frame to something that could have been an engaging masterpiece, if the direction and the male actors had been better.

The fact is, that there were rests of German officer cliques stranded in China (here Shanghai) and elsewhere after the surrender of Germany and before the Japanese final surrender who still believed in their absurd Reich, many escaped alive out of Germany and immediately started planning for the next Reich, - of course, they did not succeed, as they also fail in this film, but their plans and visions were enough alive to keep cliques like this active to the last.

Pity that such a good story should be made such a bad film of, but then at least you can take care of and mind what's memorable in it, and it is never wrong to point out the women's cause.


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